ATTENTION: Although Epic Legends Of The Hierarchs and Song Of The Sorcelator are separate series, due to the complicated issues surrounding alleged plagiarism and the interactions of their fandoms, they will be featured on one page.
Epic Legends Of The Hierarchs: The Elemenstor Saga
"Tell me more of Elemenstoring, Dogus," cooed the soggy bar-maid. "Tell me more of the furniture and the glory."A series of High Fantasy novels by Tycho Brahe originally released as tie-ins to the Elemenstor Battles Collectible Card Game. Although the card game is long out of print, the cycle is currently at 13 novels with a 14th rumored to be coming out any day now, plus a four book prequel series titled The Harbinger Cycle, and an anime series, among others.The first two books chronicle the adventures of Horatio the Tribbit, Son of Julio and Arch-Son of Hermes The Obtuse as he discovers his true destiny as a mighty Elemenstor. Further books record the exploits of other Elemenstors and heroes of the world of Battal, such as Gavment Rayling's quest to find the legendary magic sword of the Magic Sword Kings.An extensive wiki and list of books and related works is available here.
—Book 6: Nightstand's Peril
The Song Of The Sorcelator
Steadying himself atop the speeding Lamborghini, the Sorcelator drew his twin wands - Hurt and Burn. He was going to make damn sure the Pirate Assassins and their Metal Friends rued this day, and rued it hard.A four volume (fifth recently announced) series authored by L. H. Franzibald, recounting the adventures of the Sorcelator Grimm Shado, a nomadic Spellbiker on the post-apocalyptic world of Fehtahn, and his battles against such foes as the Witchaloks and the Immortal Space Bitches. Two Direct-to-Video movie adapatations have been released so far, and a forthcoming animated series is anticipated shortly.Go here for the wiki and list of works.Due to their close release dates and certain stylistic similarities between the two series, there have been conflicting accusations of plagiarism, both from the authors and their fandoms. Heated debate on the matter continues, with no resolution likely in the near future.WARNING: Below this point are serious unmarked spoilers for both series...
—The Song of the Sorcelator, page 192.
...and this is also the point where we stop telling Blatant Lies. So what's going on here? Dueling Atlanta Nights, that's what.To elaborate, Jerry "Tycho" Holkins of Penny Arcade, in an attempt to parody the (what he considers to be) clichéd fiction that often serves as the background for gaming systems such as Magic: The Gathering, decided to pretend he had written an incredibly shallow fantasy series for a make-believe Collectible Card Game (as seen in this strip.) Thus was Hierarchs born. Making a few comics to illustrate how he would write bad fantasy novels, he set up a wiki and invited readers of Penny Arcade to flesh it out with all the glorious Stylistic Suck they could invent. They rose right to the challenge. According to him, the wiki set to make a point about the superficiality of such fiction, but also to acknowledge that fans are going to buy the products regardless of quality, claiming the website is "the joke that everyone is in on".Taking things further, he conceived Sorcelator, a "competing" series authored by a paper-thin expy of Tim Buckleynote , with its own wiki and (kayfabe) rabid Fan Dumb, complete with hilarious role-played flame wars between the two wiki groups. Sorcelator has ended up being more visible, with several mini-series comics, since Gabe and Tycho ended up having more fun with its particular brand of Stylistic Suck.
Tropes taken to the extreme: